April 26, 2016

In many respects, residential closings in Westchester, New York are similar to closings elsewhere in New York. Purchasers often request a mortgage contingency, closing dates are often “on or about,” Purchasers accept the property “as is” and have an opportunity to perform a final walk-through prior to closing, etc.  Most attorneys use a standard form of contract with any additional provisions attached as a rider.

In some important respects, however, residential closings in Westchester are unique. For example, if the property is not connected to a public water supply, sellers are required to deliver private well test results under the Private Well Water Testing Law, Chapter 707 of the Laws of Westchester County.  The tax periods for the property and school taxes also differs from adjacent locales, such as New York City and Putnam County.  Other unique issues include the County clerk’s “prep docs,” fences, stone walls, oil tanks, wetlands, historic designations and local zoning issues.

An experienced lawyer can help navigate both the common and Westchester-specific issues to increase the potential for a smooth closing.

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The Law Offices of Keith R. Betensky, Esq.
The Empire Building
26 Village Green, Suite 4
P.O. Box 22
Bedford, New York 10506-0022
(914) 338-8050
keith@betenskylaw.com
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